Our Faculty

Benson, Steven - A.S. Program Director - www.stevenbensonphotographer.com

Steven Benson has specialized in editorial, annual report and advertising photography providing digital and traditional photographic services to publishers, advertising agencies, design firms and Fortune 500 companies. He has been sent on assignment throughout North America and Europe, as well as, Mexico, the Caribbean, Russia, Brazil and Japan for clients AT&T, Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, Unisys, Borg-Warner, Allied Signal, Hughes JVC Technology Corporation and Canadian National Railroad, among others. Steven received his Masters Degree in Fine Art from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He is the recipient of three Creative Artist Grants from the Michigan Council for the Arts and a NEA/ArtsMidwest Fellowship. His photographs are represented in museum collections throughout the world. His book, The Cost of Power in China: The Three Gorges Dam and the Yangtze River Valley, was published by Black Opal Press (2006). He has been an educator, fine art and commercial freelance photographer for more than 25 years. He is on the National Board of Directors of the Society for Photographic Education.

Pearson, James - Director, Southeast Museum of Photography

As the director of the Southeast Museum of Photography at Daytona State College in Central Florida, James Pearson utilizes his extensive experience in the curation and coordination of art exhibitions to enhance educational and research engagements. His recent work includes collections-based ethnographies through historic photographic processes, and multiple projects that question the historicism of the photographic medium, gender stereotypes, and investigations into a millennial zeitgeist.

Biferie, Dan - Chairperson - www.danbiferie.com

Dan Biferie is an active artist and has displayed his photographs in more than 150 exhibitions nationally, which include “Contemporary Photography As Phantasy,” Santa Barbara Museum of Art, “Fact & Fiction: The State of Florida Photography,” Norton Gallery of Art, "20th Century American Photography," Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, "Four Southeastern Photographers," New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center, and “Dan Biferie, Digital/Photographs,” Galeria FF, Lodz, Poland. His works have been widely published and are represented in major public collections including, the National Museum of American Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, the High Museum and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. He has lectured and conducted workshops at colleges and museums throughout the nation. He was awarded an Individual Artists Fellowship from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs for his work in digital imaging in 2008. As the founding director of the Gallery of Fine Arts, Dan organized 500 exhibitions and this lead to establishing the Southeast Museum of Photography. He received his MFA and BFA from Ohio University and an AS in photography from Daytona State College.

Breitenbach, Eric - www.ericbreitenbach.com

Eric Breitenbach is a documentary photographer and filmmaker who has exhibited his work in both media widely throughout Florida and the southeast. Since 1991 he has had films shown on public and cable television, and more recently has produced documentaries for The Sundance Channel, Fox, Lifetime Television, and National Geographic Explorer. His photographs have been published in such magazines as Newsweek, Details, The New York Times Magazine, Essence, and Information Week. He is one of ten photographers represented in A New Life–Photographs From The Suburban South, published by DoubleTake Books and W.W.Norton.

Seiler, Jayanti - www.jayantiseilerphotography.com

Jayanti Seiler received her MFA in Photography from the University of Florida and her BFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her photography and video work was exhibited at Harvard University, University of Florida and Washington State University. She employs photography and video to bridge a relationship between documentary and activism, using collaboration to empower her subjects, generate awareness and promote social change. In 2010, Ms. Seiler became a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) volunteer, a court appointed advocate for children. She produced an experimental documentary video and installation titled, Docket, to heighten awareness about abuses that unwittingly occur in the child welfare system. Ms. Seiler is the recipient of the University Graduate Fellowship Award and the Dennis & Colette Campay Scholarship at the University of Florida.  She manages a commercial photography business started in 2007, in which she incorporates her fine art sensibilities.  

Spencer, Steven

Steven Spencer earned an MFA in Studio Art from Louisiana State University, a B.S. in Photographic Technology from Florida A & M University, and an A.S. in Industrial Photography from Brevard Community College. He completed additional graduate work at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Steven has a wide range of experiences and accomplishments as a working photographer and as an artist. Before joining UCF’s art faculty in 2003 he was employed as an industrial photographer and videographer at UCF’s Florida Solar Energy Center; as the photographer for the State of Louisiana’s Office of Tourism; in commercial photographic labs, professional studios and in the photojournalism field. He has conducted photographic workshops in academic and professional settings leading explorations in the digital technologies, the archaic processes, photography as installation, and the fine art of book making. He has authored workbooks on Photoshop skills and on non-silver photography. Steven has exhibited in group and juried shows regionally and nationally with one-person exhibitions in Canada and the U.S.

Wyatt, Laine - www.lainewyatt.com

Laine Wyatt has taught art and photography since 2000. She took an undergraduate degree in studio art/ photography from the University of Florida, did postgraduate work at San Francisco State University and received her MFA in studio art/photography from Florida State University. Laine was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs in 1997, and a Faculty Development Grant from the College of Wooster in 1999 where she was a visiting professor. She was also awarded an Artist Enhancement Grant from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs in 2006, 2007 and again in 2008. Laine has exhibited her work in approximately 100 shows across the nation and in Europe and has won a number of awards for individual works. She is an active member of the Society for Photographic Education and has served as Portfolio Reviewer at the national conference since 2005. She coordinates the annual thesis show for the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies/UCF seniors.

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